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It is currently not possible to transfer from an overseas brigade. Operational staff from overseas must apply for a recruit position, undergo full recruit training and start at the bottom of the NZ structure. The New Zealand Fire Service cannot assist in sponsoring people through emigration as there are many New Zealand applicants available and the Immigration Service does not consider firefighting as a preferential occupational category. The only exception has been for some high level or extremely specialised positions.

The current position as regards recruiting overseas firefighters is that they must have either NZ permanent residence or NZ citizenship and must generally already be resident in New Zealand when they apply. Due to the time span of the recruitment process it is not practical to have a person make several trips from overseas to complete the recruitment requirements. Overseas qualifications may also need to be recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority prior to your application being accepted.

If you have a Pension/Superannuation Scheme in a country other than Australia there may be an opportunity to transfer these retirement savings to the New Zealand Fire Service Superannuation Scheme if you are employed by the New Zealand Fire Service.

Australian Federal legislation does not permit any transfer of Superannuation entitlements from an Australian Superannuation Fund to New Zealand Superannuation Schemes.

With regard to Pension Scheme transfers from the United Kingdom, the New Zealand Fire Service Superannuation Scheme is a QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) with a reference of QROPS500681 and is thus entitled to receive United Kingdom Pension Scheme assets into the scheme subject to the requirements established by UK legislation.

Should you require further information on these transfers contact the New Zealand Fire Service Superannuation Scheme by:
e-mail on info@firesuper.co.nz
post at P O Box 36-287, Merivale, Christchurch 8146, New Zealand or
facsimile on +64 3 355 3499.'
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